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Juliette Franklin Solicitor

Experience Profile

Juliette is a senior solicitor in the Cardiff Employment department. 

Her practice encompasses all aspects of employment law matters affecting police officers, including Employment Tribunal claims for discrimination and whistleblowing, pension issues/appeals to the PMAB or Crown Court and judicial review applications.  Juliette acts for police officers in the federated ranks from probationary officers through to Chief Inspectors. 

Juliette is recommended by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, which rates her among the leading employment lawyers in Wales and as a leader in her field. In Chambers & Partners 2014 Juliette is ranked in Band 2 for Employment "Juliette Franklin has special expertise in discrimination matters. Clients believe that she is "clearly an expert in her field. She shows professionalism and a willingness to assist and advise whenever possible." The Legal 500 2013 edition states that "Senior solicitor Juliette Franklin led on the high-profile discrimination case Andrew Bull v Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, securing an award of more than £200,000".

Juliette also delivers training to the Police Federation, including the twice yearly Equality Liaison Officers’ seminar in Leatherhead.

Juliette has been acting for police officers since joining Russell Jones & Walker in 2001, now Slater and Gordon Lawyers.  She has particular expertise in dealing with complex cases under all strands of the anti-discrimination legislation, with a particular interest in disability and flexible working related issues.

Juliette has considerable expertise in dealing with claims arising out of police forces’ restructuring schemes brought about by workforce modernisation and budget cuts. 

Juliette is a committed and successful litigator, having been involved in a number of the key Federation discrimination cases in recent years.  She is recommended for her down to earth yet professional style, and her clear and concise approach to advising officers.  She recognises the importance of early resolution to disputes.

Dattani v. The Chief Constable of West Mercia Police – a case dealing with the drawing of inferences in discrimination claims.

Manley and Blackburn v. The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police - an equal pay case arising out of the awarding of Special Priority Payments.

Hinsley v. The Chief Constable of West Mercia Police – concerning the duty to make reasonable adjustments by reason of disability post termination of service.

Coleman v. The Chief Constable of South Wales Police – a police whistleblowing claim

Juliette has secured a number of settlements for disabled officers who alleged less favourable treatment during a workforce modernisation process, securing the required reasonable adjustments and financial compensation where appropriate, and in other cases securing medical retirement plus financial compensation.

Juliette qualified in March 1999 and has worked for Russell Jones & Walker, now Slater and Gordon Lawyers, since August 2001. She graduated with a law degree in 1995, completing her Legal Practice Course in 1996.

EHRC’s Wales Legal Advisors’ Discrimination Network

Employment Lawyers’ Association

Council member of the Law Society for Cardiff and District

Juliette is frequently invited to write articles for local and national publications and regularly presents seminars on employment related areas.  She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Wales.